Reddick called up to give Sox outfield depth

Reddick called up to give Sox outfield depth

BOSTON -- A hot hitter throughout Spring Training, it seemed fairly safe to assume that Josh Reddick would resurface in the Red Sox's clubhouse at some point this season. Thanks to injuries piling up in recent days, that moment came Tuesday, when the left-handed hitter was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and immediately placed in Boston's starting lineup.

Reddick, a prospect the Red Sox think highly of, batted ninth and played center field for the opener of a three-game series against the Rangers. With Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron both placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, Reddick should get regular playing time for the next few days.

After hitting .390 for the Red Sox in Spring Training, Reddick had a slow start at Pawtucket, hitting .179 in nine games.

"Hopefully I can add some energy, go out there and hit the ball like I haven't been lately," Reddick said. "Hopefully I can try to give these guys a little bit of a spark and try to play the game hard."

With the Red Sox off to their worst start in 14 years, an energetic player can only help.

"I know his numbers don't look good in Triple-A, but he got off to a terrible start the first week and kind of lost his approach and has looked better the last few days," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "He's gotten back into a more controlled approach at the plate and has looked like the player we saw in Spring Training. He's an exciting player. He plays every game with a lot of energy, and that might be a good thing.

"That's not why we called him up, but that might be a good thing for us right now, because we've been seemingly playing without a lot of energy out there. He's a guy whether he's at the bat, letting it go, or in the field getting after balls, or on the basepaths, he does play with a high motor and a lot of energy. Maybe that will spur us a little bit. He's still developing, so we need to make sure we put him in a position to succeed and keep a close eye on him. But he's also someone we trust to have a chance to impact the game."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.